Confetti to run competitive gaming course

NTU’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies has revealed they will be running a new course on the Esports industry.

The BSc (Hons) programme will cover the production, management and analysis skills involved in hosting competitive gaming events, including the use of emerging broadcast technologies.

Confetti’s “creative technologies” campus, situated in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, will be home to the new course and will draw from their connections with the British Esports scene.

Their official webpage for the programme says: “Esports is a global business that continues to grow rapidly, incorporating a number of creative technologies including games, live events production, broadcasting and streaming and content creation. 

“The industry is comprised of professional players, games publishers, event specialists, broadcast/streaming providers, sponsors and technology providers.”

In December 2019, Confetti’s Metronome building was the venue for the National Student Esports Winter Finals for video games including FIFA and Overwatch.

Societies at NTU have also been increasingly participating in competitive gaming in recent years, with dedicated teams set up for Dota 2 and League of Legends (LoL), among other games.

Thomas Clarke, who manages Esports teams for the game Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) at NTU, said: “To me, esports at uni are a good, fun way to enjoy the games.

“Although Esports overall to me is a much larger community, I don’t see Esports as a sport itself, but the individual Esports as sports. For example, rugby is a sport, comprised of union, league, and sevens, but I think esports doesn’t fit like that, and CS:GO, LoL, Dota 2 should all be treated equally as individual esports.”

Outside of university, Nottingham is also home to a number of thriving Esports clubs, such as “Max Cancel”, which hosts regular tournaments for the fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

BSc (Hons) Esports Production will be a two-year course, requiring 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications, as well as at least a Grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths.

Those hoping to pursue a career in Esports can register their interest here.

By Jamie Morris

Feature image credit: Pxhere

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